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AFC Champions League Football: Mumbai City FC Lose 0-2 To Debutants Nassaji Mazandaran Of Iran

Mumbai City could not capitalize on their chances as they lost to the Iranian outfit in their opening ACL game

The Mumbai City FC team ahead of their ACL opener on Monday.
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Starting their AFC Champions League (ACL) campaign with defeat, Mumbai City FC suffered a 0-2 loss at the hands of debutants Nassaji Mazandaran of Iran in Pune on Monday. Ehsan Hosseini (34th minute) and Mohammadreza Azadi (62nd) were the scorers for the visiting side. (More Football News)

Mumbai made a bright start and nearly opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Jorge Pereyra Diaz slipped the ball through to Lallianzuala Chhangte, who shot from a tight angle missed the target.

With 11 minutes remaining in the half, Nassanji took the lead. Hossein Zamehran picked up possession 20 yards from goal, the playmaker turning swiftly to play Ehsan Hosseini in with a defence-splitting pass, and he slotted calmly into the bottom corner of the net to put the Iranians in front.

Bipin could have ensured Mumbai went into the break level a minute into first half injury time only to shoot off target after being found in space as Chhangte rolled the ball across the face of the goal.

The Iranian outfit rounded the tally when substitute Farshid Esmaeili robbed Akash Mishra deep inside his penalty area and had the presence of mind to roll the ball into the six-yard box, where Azadi was left with the simplest of finishes.

Vikram Partap put it across the face of goal and Chhangte’s glancing header went wide as Mumbai sought a late resurgence, but Nassaji prevented any inroads in the nine minutes of additional time to emerge victorious in their maiden ACL appearance.

(With PTI inputs)

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